Boro will head for Friday's televised clash with Queens Park Rangers reporting a clean bill of health ahead of a crucial month of football.

Daniel Ayala is available again after an ankle injury while Cristhian Stuani, Dael Fry, and Julien de Sart have all returned from international duty unscathed.

In addition, Aitor Karanka ensured his squad were kept on their toes last week by utilising all his senior players in a behind-closed-doors game at Sunderland

"The friendly against Sunderland was really good," said Karanka. 

"We had players who had been injured who played like Dani Ayala and players who hadn't played a lot. 

"Dani has also trained with us all this week so he's ready to play.

"We have to think of the future and we have an amazing month in front of us. 

"We have eight games this month and that's the main thing that everyone's ready to play."